Good Decisions for People With Diabetes?

| Feb 1, 2006

“I’ve been taking insulin for 31 years.” People always gawk at me when I divulge this. “But you look so healthy,” they reply.

And then I always knock on wood and look skyward to give thanks. I don’t take any credit. I feel very lucky for many things: health insurance, my diabetes supplies, and a body that is still going strong after countless high and low blood sugars.

Several times, however, I’ve had to stop using the insulin I love and depend on because of decisions made by corporations and their marketing departments. I can remember insulin selling for $3 a bottle when I was first diagnosed. Today the newer insulins cost $75 a bottle—a whopping 25- fold increase in price.

Last month 66,000 people who used Lente and Ultralente were left with no other option but to switch to a new insulin. Pork NPH and Regular were also withdrawn. It scares me that a drug on which my life depends has been taken off the market. The decision to do so was made by people who wanted to make way for the newer insulins.

In our feature story (“And Then There Were Some”), diabetes experts admit that some of us will indeed suffer because of this decision. But most of them just throw up their hands and say nothing can be done. Do we cross our fingers and hope that these new insulins are as safe as the ones we’ve been using successfully for years?

One possible solution would be for a drug company to start (or re-start) producing these valuable human and pork insulins. If each patient purchases two bottles per month at $30 a bottle, that’s $3.6 million!

Or they could even charge us $60 a bottle, and we’d still love them for giving us the choice to use our old favorite insulin.

Do we have any takers?

Kris Freeman Skis for the Gold

The 2006 Winter Olympics are upon us, and this month in Torino, Italy, Kris Freeman is going for the gold in the cross-country skiing event. I had the pleasure of speaking with Kris recently. I am always filled with pride when a fellow diabetic becomes the master of his or her craft. Cross-country skiing is a particularly grueling sport, but Kris is at the top of his game. Don’t miss my interview with Kris (“Kris Freeman Skis for Olympic Gold in Italy”).

Sweet Valentine’s Day

With the holiday feasting and festivities over, maybe you thought you were safe from finding an abundance of chocolates everywhere you turn. And yet, Valentine’s Day is now upon us, the biggest day for chocolate sales and consumption of the year. Of course, we diabetics know that we can sample from the heart-shaped box (or steal a piece or two if giving one to our sweetie). This month, food editor Gerri French writes about sugar-free chocolate (“Sugar-Free Chocolates for Your Valentine: A Sweet Idea?”). Take a look at our chart for some sweet sugar-free chocolate ideas.

Have a great month!

Scott King
Type 1, 31 years (and counting)

Please send me your comments and suggestions via e-mail through our Web site.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Diabetes, Food, Insulin, My Own Injection

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12th Annual Product Reference Guide
  • Insulin Syringe Chart
  • Insulin Pen Needles Chart
  • Fast-Acting Glucose
  • Sharps Disposal
  • Blood Glucose Meters Chart
  • Insulin Pumps Chart
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...

Username: Password:
©1991-2015 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.